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Fertility clinic must release records of dead man’s sperm to his brother, judge rules

BMJ 2020; 368 doi: (Published 26 March 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;368:m1255
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. The BMJ

The top family court judge in England and Wales has ordered a fertility clinic to hand over medical records about its use of a dead patient’s sperm to the man’s brother.1

Andrew McFarlane, president of the High Court’s family division, ruled that the unnamed clinic must release records relating to the storage and use of the patient’s sperm and any embryos created using his sperm.

The highly unusual case was heard partly in private, and a reporting restriction order bans publication of the names of the parties and other individuals involved in the case.

The application …

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